Letters to the Editor

Protecting rights

EDITOR: Where to start with Mr. Daley’s nonsensical rant on the Second Amendment. He’s lucky being naive is not a fatal illness or he wouldn’t last a minute. He talks about denying people on the no-fly list, which, by the way, Ted Kennedy was on, the right to buy guns like this would impede terrorism. […]

Don’t let history repeat itself

EDITOR: As an 85-year-old woman married to a 90-year-old World War II veteran, I am appalled that no one is seeing the similarity of the rhetoric of today to what happened in Nazi Germany with Hitler 80 years ago. For example, in a rage of prejudice and fear, Jews were required to register. Then in […]

The ACA revisited

The United States is not a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. The people rule by commission, not by omission. Nothing becomes a law unless our representatives expressly vote for it, presumably with the blessing of the people. Every congressman owes the people a thorough understanding of every bill before it is voted upon. Did […]

Deportation issue

EDITOR: Mr. Zelinka in his letter titled “Deport Me” ironically uses the body of the letter pointing out his full and complete citizenship. His letter is a common example of those too clouded with emotion and rage to write a coherent letter. But while his letter is nonsense, the issue in the title of it is […]

The biggest threat

EDITOR: During the last Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders was mocked by FOX and friends for claiming that “climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity.” Conventional wisdom du jour dispensed by FOX says that terrorism is our most fearsome enemy and, as usual, conventional wisdom is wrong. The Syrian conflict was spawned by climate change. Since 2005 Syria […]

Gene Altshuler column

EDITOR: Yikes! Before this morning I had never read the column that Gene Altshuler puts out every so often. I was surprised by the intensity of his apparent disdain of fellow Americans who hold a different view of the world than he has. This was evidenced by the level of derision and name calling throughout […]

EID’s water waste

EDITOR: This entire year we, customers of the El Dorado Irrigation District, have been asked to do whatever we can to save water. Let your lawn go brown, flush your toilet less frequently, don’t wash your car, etc. On Thanksgiving morning my neighbor and I noticed a water leak coming from the waterline between my […]

Putting a stop to shootings

EDITOR: It appears from the tragedy in San Bernardino that Islamic terrorism has, again, reached the continental United States. This may prove to not be the case, but the results are the same. People were killed and wounded while going about their lives, never having invited this butchery into their normal activities. Since June there […]

EID increase protest

EDITOR: If you feel as strongly as I do against another five years of annual increases in your water rates, don’t forget to send in your letter of protest before the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors’ Jan. 11 meeting. Maybe if 50-plus-1 percent of customers show their concern some form of management can be developed without the […]

Sorry you did not receive my responses

EDITOR: Hi, DB Smith, Chuck Holland, Phil Veerkamp, Ken Steers, Ken Jr. and Mike Kobus. So sorry for not responding to you on the web version. I am blocked from responding since I refuse to use Facebook. Phil Veerkamp, yes, you are right about landing on Highway 50, but it was no mistake. I had an […]

Support legislation

EDITOR: Thanksgiving is a time to remember our many blessings. These often include family, health and a free country. There are millions of people in other countries who do not enjoy these benefits, and it is in times like Thanksgiving that we should pause and think of ways to help those less fortunate. One way to help is by encouraging […]

Christmas spirit of giving

EDITOR: In reading in a recent Mountain Democrat I saw another picture of Gordon Vicini doing the Christmas Parade once again in his ’38 Lafrance fire engine and I reminisce. Since arriving in Placerville in ’86 I have seen Gordon and his philanthropist sidekick Jim Carter do their extraordinary work to improve this community. Whether it be cheering up […]

Enough is enough

EDITOR: In an article entitled “McNeil accused of serial bullying” by Dawn Hodson from your Nov. 23 edition, an incident between me and CSD Director Scott McNeil was highlighted. What Ms. Hodson left out of the article was that the incident started while I was lawfully at the podium addressing the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of […]

Keep cutting that brush

EDITOR: On behalf of myself and my neighbors, I wish to thank the brushing crew from the Department of Transportation that brushed out a bad and unsafe stretch of Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs recently. It was long overdue and a safety hazard. Keep up the great work. BRIAN DeBERRY Diamond Springs

Without the French …

EDITOR: Jim Vindler’s Nov. 25 letter quotes a very moving letter addressed to the French nation from Gen. Pershing, thanking Lafayette for his help during our Revolutionary War. The Marquis de Lafayette looms large in our early history principally because George Washington treated him like the son he never had. This father/son relationship endured until […]

Toys for Tots needs your help

EDITOR: Christmas comes just once a year. I’ve just finished my household chores, the dust bunnies vanquished for the present moment. Yet Christmas is a time of year that has immense meaning and a cause for great joy and celebration for all of us. Holli, myself and many community members volunteer our time, setting aside our […]

Send cards via Pony Express

EDITOR: The Pony Express rides again. Riders will leave the Folsom Museum at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 and arrive at Sacramento History Museum at 3:35 p.m. The National Pony Express Association, California Division, invites you to participate in this year’s event by letting the pony riders carry your Christmas cards. Bring your cards, with […]

Lyon roars with charity

EDITOR: Lyon Real Estate collected 500 coats and donated them to Green Valley Community Church for distribution to those in need. What an amazing and generous effort. Thank you so much to those who have taken the time to think of others and bring such benefit to our community. BETSY KROHMER Diamond Springs

Topics worthy of discussion

EDITOR: Hats off to Donald Trump for discussing debate topics other Republican candidates decline to bring up. Here are a few more topics I would like to hear debated: Fukushima: This ongoing atomic disaster needs immediate attention. Dane Wigington believes it may be a life-ending event due to bioaccumulation of radiation by all life forms. […]

Recall them all

EDITOR: I see that Placerville is recalling all supervisors. Why don’t we just bundle up the sheriff and the district attorney and get them all out at once? WES ENGLE Placerville

Phone scam alert

EDITOR: We received a message on our answering machine claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Services. The message claimed that we were about to be arrested for back taxes unless we called the number in the 646 area code. This call is a scam and fraud, and if you respond you may become a […]

Insight into liberal mind set

EDITOR: Mr. Munizich’s letter expressing his extreme upset over my exposure of the political gains that Democrats get by supporting illegal immigration is not unusual in the sense that Democrats always hate getting things like this exposed. But it does give some interesting insights into the liberal mind set and cognitive limitations. The cognitive limitations […]

A loss of moral, political will

EDITOR: I really enjoyed Publisher Richard Esposito’s “Walking & Talking Dead” editorial regarding the presidential debates. Funny and  right on. Also the cartoon of Lady Liberty saying “I’m Coming” published in the Mountain Democrat was one of the most touching I have ever seen. It really choked  me up in two ways. First, the reference back to Lafayette […]

Enjoy the smell of wood smoke

EDITOR: In response to Lili Joy’s letter whining about the lovely aroma of wood smoke currently wafting through the countryside. If you don’t treasure, after a long hot summer, the glorious fragrances being emitted from woodpiles and wood burning stoves you should be living in Los Angeles or San Francisco. I, for one, find the […]

Skip the turkey on Thanksgiving

  EDITOR: While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life. And here are some good reasons: • You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Obama. • You truly are what you eat. […]

Illegal immigration lies

EDITOR: In response to George Alger’s letter, “Illegal Immigration equals votes,” people who read your letters need an honest response to his emotional, dishonest, misleading and disrespectful words. His comment that the five extra electoral votes we have in California was equal to the “total” of 12 states was misleading. He should have said “each” of […]

Mello-Roos never go away

EDITOR: I got a good laugh out of all the El Dorado Hills residents thinking that somehow their Mello-Roos taxes were going to go away (“Serrano residents want school financing end date,” Nov. 13 Mountain Democrat). One of the first rules of thumb when buying a house is to make sure there are no Mello-Roos […]

Daley’s lunacy

EDITOR: While I like the many modern conveniences we have today, one good thing about earlier eras when times were harder is that people as totally devoid of common sense as Chris Daley simply didn’t survive to infect the gene pool. These harder times allowed common sense to be in much greater supply than it […]

EID increases not so bad

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District customers should recognize that almost all customer water costs throughout California are increasing faster than EID’s increases. The most common case in the data I’m collecting for a new water cost survey is a 5 percent increase every year, usually authorizing five years of increases in advance. However, there’s no shortage of higher increases. Coastside County […]

Deport me

EDITOR: George Alger says there are two kinds of people in this country — citizens and illegals. He is adamant in affirming that all illegals and their children should be deported. My grandparents were not citizens (they were permanent residents), therefore I would be subject to deportation. Please deport me to the south of France, especially this […]

Free options to burn piles

EDITOR: Every year El Dorado County residents make it through the hot summer months, filled with many smoky days. We refreshingly enter the fall and winter months. But what happens every year to take the “fresh” air away from us again? Burn piles. Every time people burn they contribute to air pollution; smoke clogs our air […]

Proud of us

EDITOR: Last week our El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to certify the environmental impact report and adopt the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. I am very proud of all of the folks who participated, particularly our Board of Supervisors and our El Dorado County employees. I am very pleased how respectfully our supervisors conducted […]

Bullying at any age

EDITOR: When we think about bullying, we mainly think about the bullying stories in the news that involve kids in school. But bullying can happen anywhere by anybody and the presence of bullies in any scenario should be taken seriously and dealt with accordingly. One would think that an elected official on a governing board of […]

Riordan blocked … again

EDITOR: Once again I see that I have somehow been blocked from being able to comment online by your ridiculous “sign-in” popup, which again does not recognize me. Amazing. All the years I have been a subscriber and this newspaper keeps making it so that I cannot comment on letters or content online without again having to fill […]

Terrorist threat

EDITOR: These are perilous times. The ISIS attack in Paris will not be the last, and the United States is not likely to escape this threat. However, there are things that can and must be done to make this a safer place. We must laud our Legislature and our fearless governor for their actions in […]

Just once

EDITOR: Home burglaries, auto break-ins, now even dog-nappings. I know law enforcement can’t be everywhere. But just once I’d like to read that perhaps a “good ol’ boys” poker night ended and a deserved butt whipping was delivered to some perpetrators caught in the act. RAY PETHEL Placerville

Fire department woes

EDITOR: Larry Weitzman’s article about the financial situation involving El Dorado Hills Fire and Latrobe Fire departments scares me. Rescue Fire Department is in the same position that Latrobe Fire was. El Dorado County would not allocate any money from the Aid to Fire account until they agreed to consider a study involving consolidation. Now […]

Making our neighborhood a better place

EDITOR: I just wanted to let you know about a good and kind man. I’m 86 years old and live alone since my dear husband died almost two-and-a-half years ago. David Schroth is always there to help me in any way he can. He faithfully remembers to take my garbage and recycling containers to the […]

Illegal immigration equals votes

EDITOR: The Democrats often portray the GOP as neanderthals — as Obama put it “clinging to God and guns.” But when it comes to the quest for absolute political power, the Democrats are anything but neanderthals. They pursue power with the sleaziness and zeal of an Al Capone or John Gotti. There is a reason […]

Frauds among heroes

EDITOR: John Poimiroo’s Nov. 9 California Rambling column is timely and right on the mark. I have lived in Placerville for more than 25 years and during that time I have come across people who falsely claimed past membership in special operations military units, falsely claimed military POW status and falsely claimed military awards for […]

Raising rates, again

EDITOR: On Nov. 9, by 3-2 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted to raise rates for 2016 by 5 percent to pay for more debt. Not once were employee costs discussed even though they represent 57 percent of operating expenses. Since 2003 EID boards have been very irresponsible in managing compensation. In 2004 the EID board voted to […]

Homeless shelter only five nights a week?

EDITOR: Winter is here, no doubt about that now. It is supposed to be 35 degrees tonight and it has been raining for two days now. The good news is that as of Nov. 1 the Nomadic Homeless Shelter opened for the winter season and will run through the end of March. The bad news is […]

America Inc.

EDITOR: In 1871 the original Constitution for the United States of America was changed to the Constitution of The United States of America. Congress instituted this change by passing the Organic Act of 1871. They passed this act ostensibly to create a separate form of government for the District of Columbia. However, it was actually passed at the […]

Share a tree or two

EDITOR: It’s the time of year again when downtown Placerville transforms itself into a holiday wonderland. For more than 40 years the Christmas trees adorning Highway 50 have brought smiles and holiday cheer to all who pass through the town of Placerville. This highly cherished community tradition involves scores of volunteers, the generous support of the city […]

‘Greenlight’ our veterans

EDITOR: Ninety-six years ago President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day to observe with solemn pride the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and express gratitude for a victory full of sacrifices. While the name has changed to Veterans Day, the purpose remains the same: to celebrate and honor our veterans […]

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